Centeno goes deep in Astros debut
(c) Associated Press
Lance McCullers threw five scoreless innings and the Astros got home runs from Yuli Gurriel and Juan Centeno in a 6-2 win over the Detroit Tigers Tuesday night. Mikie Mahtook's two-run homer off Michael Feliz was the only offense the Tigers could muster as they were dominated by Astros pitchers for the second straight night.
McCullers, who struck out five and walked two, gave up only one (questionable) hit in five innings of work. It was the fourth consecutive outing in which Lance did not yield an earned run. Leaving the game with a 3-0 lead, McCullers improved his record to 5-1 for the year and lowered his ERA to a nifty 2.43 mark.
After Mahtook's homer cut the lead to 3-2 in the seventh, the Astros got those two runs back in the bottom half of their favorite inning. Centeno and Jake Marisnick got the rally started with back-to-back singles. George Springer followed with a ground ball back to the mound that looked like it might be turned into a double-play. But reliever Alex Wilson threw wildly to second base allowing Centeno to score and Marisnick to advance to third. Jake would tag up and score on Josh Reddick's fly ball to right to get the lead back up to three runs.
Centeno had a big night in his Astros debut. In addition to his contributions on offense, the catcher made a nice defensive play to get Luke Gregerson out of a jam in the seventh inning. Marisnick added three hits and drove in Houston's sixth run as the bottom of the Astros order continued to wreak havoc on opposing pitching staffs.
The win helped the Astros stretch their lead to seven games over Arlington and Anaheim in the A.L. West standings.
The Astros and Tigers reconvene Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park when Charlie Morton (5-3, 4.26 ERA) squares off against Daniel Norris (2-3, 4.81 ERA) in a 7:10 CDT start.
- Greg Thurston